Malawi captain clarifies on South Africa permanent residence

Malawi national football team (Flames) captain Peter  ‘Mjojo’ Mponda says he has not applied for South African permanent residence  permit but pointed out that even if he had applied, it would  not have stopped him from playing for the Flames.

Nyasa Timesreported that Flames coach Kinnah Phiri’s pleaded with Mponda to reconsider his decision to attain South African permanent residence as it meant that he will not be able to play for the Flames.

Mponda: Denies applying for permanent residency

Kinnah was asked to comment by Nyasa Times after a report carried by South African publication Soccer Laduma said Santos are working round the clock to attain Mponda’s permanent residence permit

“It is not true that I have applied for South African permanent residence permit,” Mponda told a local Sunday paper.

“Yes, I qualify but I haven’t done that yet and even if I did, it would not stop me from representing my country because permanent residence does not affect one’s citizenship,” he added.

Another Malawian player, Russell Mwafulirwa, is also reported to have has applied for a South African permanent residence permit.

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